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Repair & Coating Guidelines Flow Chart

Applying MultiCushion-1 & 2

 
Repairing and Resurfacing
An Asphalt or Concrete Court Is Not Rocket Science,
It's Just Common Sense!
 
 
About MultiCushion 1 & 2 
A 100% acrylic emulsion coating designed to provide resilience to tennis and basketball court surfaces. Available in fine rubber and coarse rubber formulations. (MultiCushion-1 coarse rubber, MultiCushion-2 fine rubber) Both products are packaged in 5-gallon pails for ease of on-site handling and require only the addition of clean water when batching in a drum. Each pail weighs 50 lb.
 
Minimum Number of Coats Required for System Application:
  • 1 coat of "MultiCover" Acrylic Resurfacer (base-coat)
  • 3 coats of "MultiCushion-1" (coarse rubber granules)
  • 2 coats of "MultiCushion-2" (fine rubber granules)
  • 2 coats of "MultiMate Color with Sand"
Note: For added resilience, additional coats of MultiCushion-1 may be applied.
 
Coverage Rates/Material Requirements & Ordering
Historic yield calculations for one coat are based on undiluted 5-gallon pails of MultiCushion:
MultiCushion-1:... 300 square feet per 5-gallon pail for one coat.
MultiCushion-2:... 450 square feet per 5-gallon pail for one coat.
 
Simplifying Mixing & Coating Applications
It is best to mix as large a batch of MultiCushion as possible. We recommend using a clean 55-gallon drum.
 
MultiCushion-1
Twenty-four 5-gallon pails (120-gallons) of undiluted MultiCushion-1 with 30% water added will provide a total of 156-gallons of diluted material to apply one coat.
 
MultiCushion-2
Sixteen 5-gallon pails (80-gallons) of undiluted MultiCushion-2 with 30% water added will provide a total of 104-gallons of diluted material to apply one coat.
 
It is highly recommended not to stop the application process once you begin. If a 55-gallon drum is not avalable, use 2 or 3 smaller containers. Large plastic containers can be purchased from Home Depot, Loews or similar retail outlets. The containers can be used as trash containers once the resurfacing process is completed.
 
An Ideal Team for Applying Coatings
 
Three people makes an ideal team. Each worker has a specific role.
 
  • Mixer: Mixes coatings to make sure material is always ready when needed
  • Applicator: Walks continuously with the squeegee until the chosen surface area is completed
  • Middleman: Pours material when required by Applicator. Returns empty pails to drum to be filled. Keeps court clean of falling leaves, insects on surface etc. once the coating application begins.
Extremely Important Tip for The Team
The workers need to know that each coat on a standard 60' x 120' tennis court will take approximately 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours to complete once the first material is poured unto the court.
 
A break for the workers should be planned before they start, knowing that once they start coating they won't be stopping until finished. Stopping during a coating application for whatever reason will show in the finshed court appearnace.
 

 
" I am a financial and administrative person with a great love for construction projects and an old love for tennis. Building my own tennis court was just another of my lifetime dreams, but with most dreams an angel is always a welcome partner. Not all angels have wings - well maybe Allan Gardner has wings.
 
If Allan doesn't have wings then it's just one little thing he is missing because when you talk tennis, Allan had all the knowledge, expertise and supplies necessary for me to build my dream court.
 
My dream started with a search to understand the technical and financial elements to build a tennis court. I knew I wanted a Har-Tru surface. A local contractor scared me enough into my decision to be my own contractor when he gave me a proposal for $ 35,000.00 just for a stone wall around the court.
 
When I located Tennis Universal, I was calling them at unnatural hours, and even on weekends, almost always getting a real person and not a machine. After a few times I said to the person answering the phone, you must be the owner because no one but an owner works these hours. That's when Allan and I became friends in the summer of 2003.
 
I call Allan Gardner a friend, although I have never met him other then on the phone. A good friend is a person who is always there for you and is always ready to help. That's Allan!
 
Tennis Universal is a business but Allan runs it like a devoted father taking care of and educating his children. I came in a little late for the computer world so I'm still calling and talking to people. Allan always has the time to talk, educate and explain, even though almost everything I needed to know is on Tennis Universal's web site. Next week I will install the lines on my Har-Tru dream court, set the net posts and tennis net, and try out my new racquet, a gift from my son for my 58th birthday.
 
If you are lucky enough to have or want a tennis court, look for my angel. He's available for all that want to have a great tennis experience. Many thanks Allan."
 
Larry Feder, President
Madison Administrative Services
North Salem, NY
 
 
STEP-BY-STEP SURFACE PREPARATION AND MULTICUSHION MIXING INSTRUCTIONS
 
1. Surface Preparation
Pavement surface must be cleaned entirely of dust, dirt, mildew (if any) debris and all loose materials including vegetation. New asphalt must cure for a minimum of 21 days prior to repairs or coating applications. All repairs must be flush and smooth to adjoining surfaces.
 
Essential It is strongly recommended to power wash the entire surface.
 
2. Mixing Location
Choose a location to mix materials that is close to the surface entrance and will not require the mixed materials to be carried over patios, walkways etc. A vinyl drop sheet is recommended to protect lawns and patios or sidewalks when mixing and spillage that may occur when transferring the material from the mixing drum to pails.
 
3. Amount of Water to Add When Mixing MultiCushion
It is important to add the recommended amount of clean water to each batch. Assuming you can obtain a clean 55-gallon drum, the following mixing ratios are based on 35-gallons of undiluted MultiCushion per batch. If batch is smaller, maintain the same 30% ratio of water to cushion.
 
Mixing Ratios (for 55-gallon drum)
MultiCushion 35-gallons (7 pails) 
Water 10.5-gallons (2.1 pails)
 
4. Mixing
Mix MultiCushion and water together until materials are blended to a smooth, slightly thick but free flowing homogenous consistency. A wooden paddle can be used, however, a 3/4" electric drill and mixing shaft is available from most tool rental stores and is certainly much easier to use.
 
5. Clean Up: Wash tools with water. If material has dried, use kerosene.
 
Cautions:
  • Read the container label before using. Follow label instructions.
  • When applying, air temperature must be a minimum of 50 degrees F. (10C) and rising. Do not apply if surface temperature exceeds 135 degrees F. (57C)
  • Do not apply when rain is imminent or forecast
  • When applying indoors, use with adequate ventilation during application and drying
  • Close containers when not in use
  • Do not store in direct sunlight or where temperature may exceed 100 degrees F.
  • KEEP FROM FREEZING
STEP-BY-STEP APPLICATION GUIDELINES AND CAUTIONS ABOUT WEATHER CONDITIONS
 
Watch the Weather
  • Always check your local weather forecast before mixing materials or commencing coating applications.
  • The temperature must be 50 degrees F. (10 C) and rising. It is preferable that sunshine is predicted to warm the surface.
  • Do not begin if rain is forecast or imminent
  • Do not begin if there is less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit between the current temperature and the "dewpoint" temperature.
  • When applying surface coatings during periods of very hot weather, apply coatings during the coolest part of the day, usually in the early morning after the dewpoint and current temperature spread has exceeded 10 degrees F.
    Dewpoint Explanation: If the temperature drops to the dewpoint level before coatings are dry, additional moisture may be added to the wet material which may cause distortion of the mixing ratio.
  • Do not apply coating if surface temperature reaches or is expected to reach 135 degrees F. (57C) before coating has a chance to dry. When extremely hot weather is encountered it is best to apply one coat in the early morning before the temperature rises and then wait until the next morning to apply the next coat.
Coating Multiple Courts
When multiple courts are being coated, the overall area can be broken into a smaller workable size. Example: A four court with dimensions of 204' x 120' can be separated into two workable areas of 102' x 120'. This also allows for two courts to remain in service while two are being refurbished, provided a court divider net is used.
 
READY TO GO? LET'S GET STARTED.
 
Assuming the court surface has had the final cleaning.
 
Step 1
Rinse the pails the MultiCushion came in putting the rinse water into other pails. The clean pails will now be used to carry the mixed material to the court. The rinse water can be used as part of the water to be added when mixing the next batch.
 
Step 2
Using a baling scoop, fill the empty pails from the drum about 3/4 full and carry to the court, placing them at random locations near the application starting point. Place a lid over each pail to help prevent a skin from forming on the material while waiting to use. If a skin does form, return contents of pail to the drum and mix again.
 
Step 3
Starting at the farthest corner from the entrance gate, pour a windrow (a long puddle of material about 6" to 12" wide) across the court (or the shortest distance of the area to be coated) about 3" away from the fence.
 
Perimeter Coating Tip
A simple way to do obtain a neat appearance along the fence and around fence posts is to use a wide paint brush (a 6" wide "white wash brush" available from Home Depot, Lowes or similar retailer) does a good job of applying the coatings around the entire court. The brush allows you to neatly trim around fence posts. Apply coating by hand to a distance of 3"-6" away from fence. This will allow you to keep away from the fence and fence posts with the squeegee and decreasing your coating time.
 
Step 4
Using the long handled squeegee, apply surface coating by walking beside the windrow of wet material pulling the squeegee in even straight lines and on a slight angle to allow the material to flow in front of, and off the rubber squeegee blade.
 
Although you will be using a 24" wide squeegee, you will only be applying new material to the suface in a 3" to 4" width with each pass across the court. The rest of the squeegee blade is wiping off excess material from your previous passes. You cannot take off too much material with the squeegee. The thickness of the sand in the material will always allow a consistent thickness to remain on the court.
 
A slight downward pressure should be applied to the squeegee blade to prevent leaving unwanted small depreesions of thick paint while applying a uniform coat from one side of the court to the other. Each return pass (pulling of material) should be parallel to the last.
 
When the end of each pass across the court is reached, pull material down at a 90 degree angle for 3' to 5' feet (see picture) along the fence or playing box sides when applying a 2 color application. Repeat this procedure until the coating application has been completed.
 
While applying the material, you will likely notice the occasional ridge of material from the end of the squeegee or small puddles  left in minor depressions. Don't worry, just reach out and make the same pass again, removing the spots with the squeegee. You cannot remove too much material by making a 2nd or even a 3rd pass.
 
When You Get to the Finishing Point of Each Coating Application
Use a shovel or dustpan and PICKUP EXCESS MATERIAL. DO NOT SPREAD IT AROUND! If material is applied too thick it will dry a darker shade with unsightly shrinkage cracks.
 
Step 5
Lock the court gate, to prevent an animal crossing the court area before the court has thoroughly dried.
 
Step 6
Wash tools with water. If dried, use kerosene.
 
Please contact us if you have any questions about the resurfacing process described above and not answered by the above application guidelines. Your input is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
 
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